White chocolate covered popcorn

Well, it’s here!!! That wonderful time of year that calories don’t count haha, a girl can dream right. Well calories may still count but we may as well enjoy them!!! This white chocolate covered popcorn is a great crowd pleaser for holiday get togethers and it’s super easy to make which is another reason to love it. You will need:

3 bags of natural style microwave popcorn

1/2 a bag of plain m&ms

2 cups of mini pretzels

1 bag of white chocolate chips

Pop the three bags of popcorn and lay it out in a single layer on some parchment paper. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Sprinkle the m&ms and pretzels on the popcorn. Pour melted white chocolate evenly over the popcorn mixture. Lightly turn the popcorn to coat with white chocolate. Let the popcorn sit until white chocolate hardens, then put the popcorn mixture in an airtight container and enjoy.
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Unbelievably Awesome Peanut butter cake

This is without a doubt a fantastic slice of peanut butter heaven and my peanut butter loving son simply stated that this cake was unbelievably awesome. With all of the holiday gatherings coming up this would be a great addition to the dessert table.

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2 C of flour
2 C of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda
1 C of butter
1 C of water
1/4 C of peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 C of milk
Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl and set aside. In a saucepan combine butter, water, and peanut butter and bring to a boil. Add this to the flour mixture and mix, then add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix well, pour into a large cake pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and springy to the touch.

Now for the icing, Combine 1/2 C of butter, 1/4 C of peanut butter, 1/3 C of milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil, Remove from heat and add 4 C of powdered sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla, mix well and pour icing over a warm cake. It will be ooyee gooyee deliciousness.

Banana Muffins – No Flour No Oil

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My girls are up and out of the house early each morning during the school year. Yet neither of them get up early enough to fix themselves breakfast. And with breakfast being the most important meal of the day I am always on the lookout for something they can grab and go but still nutritious. These muffins are a perfect fit for both.

Ingredients:

1 cup vanilla greek yogurt

2 ripe bananas

2 eggs

2 cups of old fashioned oats

1/4 cup  light brown sugar ( you can use dark, if you prefer)

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor.  Mix until smooth and the oats are completely broke down. Butter muffin pans and pour prepared batter into each cavity.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I usually just make the jumbo muffins, because that way they are usually gone within a day or so. I have only made the smaller ones, one time and unfortunately due to the ingredients they only last two to three days. So if you make the smaller muffins I recommend only keeping a few in the refrigerator for your family to eat,but freeze the rest until you need them. I

f you prefer not to butter your muffin pans, you can use spray. Butter just seems to give them a crunchier outside. Also, because these muffins lack the flour often times deflate in the center and that is perfectly normal. The picture that you see above is a beautiful muffin, but alas I am just terrible at taking good pictures to use, so I opt to often times use stock images.

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Frosted Glass Mason Jars

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We are crafters by nature and are always on the hunt for new things to try. Of course painted Mason Jars have been a hot trend for a while and they are great but I love the look of the frosted glass mason jars especially for the holiday season. This project intimidated me but it’s simple and super inexpensive so I want to share it with you, if you have a couple of hours on a lazy Sunday and a few bucks you can totally do this!
I got my mason jars at the Dollar tree for…yep a dollar a piece. Not a bad deal at all so I picked up 3 jars, also at the Dollar tree ( love the Dollar tree, can you tell) I found this thick foam with an adhesive backing which turned out, worked great as a stencil for my snowflakes.

I picked up some frosted glass spray paint and I was ready to get to work

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I printed out a snowflake stencil and drew it on my foam and cut out my foam snowflakes

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I added the snowflakes to my mason jar, the adhesive backing made this part so much easier

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For this next part, you will want to do this outside and paper everything that you do not want frosted. Trust me, I did this on my patio table and I now have a frosted glass patio table. So, take these bad boys outside and give them an even coat all the way around. I applied four coats and it needs about 10 minutes to dry between coats

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After they dry just pull off the sticky snowflake stencils, add some stones, a battery operated tea light and some ribbon around the top and Voila!! Look at you, you crafty thing!

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas

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I am constantly looking for tasty, quick, and easy meals! Let’s face it, after working all day, running the kids here there and everywhere, the last thing I want to do is come home and make a complicated meal so I am more than happy to add this simple meal to my list of go to week night meals.

1 package of 10 medium size flour tortillas

1 package of chicken breast

32 oz jar of salsa of your choice

8 oz package of cream cheese

1 cup of shredded cheese (taco blend)

Preheat oven to 350. In a large skillet cook chicken breast till cooked through. Remove chicken from the skillet and either shred or cube chicken, to save even more time you can grab a precooked rotisserie chicken at the store and shred it. Add chicken back to the skillet, add the 8 oz package of cream cheese and half of the jar of salsa, cook until cream cheese is melted and all is blended. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Add a scoop of the chicken filling to each tortilla wrapping it like a burrito, place in the pan seam side down.

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When all the tortillas are filled, pour the remaining salsa over the top of the enchilladas and top with shredded cheese.

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Bake for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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Crockpot Oatmeal

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This time of the year I love to use my crockpot for many of the dishes that I make. Oatmeal is a great warm breakfast this time of the year, but my husband is not big on instant, so I thought this would be great for him since he leaves pretty early in the morning and doesn’t have the opportunity to make himself a healthy breakfast. He absolutely loved it.

Ingredients:

3 Apples, peeled and cored

1/2 cup Brown sugar

2 c. Oats

2 c. Milk

2 c. Water

Pinch of salt

Directions:

Put in brown sugar and pinch of salt. Now add apples, then add the remaining ingredients.  Cook on low overnight.

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